Blue Jays, Rajai Davis Agree To Two-Year Deal

The Blue Jays avoided arbitration with Rajai Davis and agreed to sign the outfielder to a two-year deal, the team announced. The deal, which includes a club option for 2013, guarantees Davis $5.75MM. He'll earn $2.5MM in 2011, $2.75MM in 2012 and could earn $3MM if the team exercises its 2013 option. If not, he'll obtain a $500K buyout, according to the AP (via the Miami Herald).

The deal covers Davis' second and third seasons of arbitration eligibility and includes an option for his fourth arbitration season. Davis, a super two player, earned $1.35MM in 2010 before the A's traded him to Toronto.

In 561 plate appearances last year, the 30-year-old hit .284/.320/.377 with 50 stolen bases in 61 attempts. He has 143 steals and a .330 OBP in parts of five big league seasons. Davis joins Travis Snider, Vernon Wells and, potentially, Jose Bautista in the Blue Jays' outfield. The team's commitment to Davis suggests GM Alex Anthopoulos believes Davis can continue to be an everyday player.


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60 Comments on "Blue Jays, Rajai Davis Agree To Two-Year Deal"


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j6takish
4 years 5 months ago

Wells to left….?

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renegade24
4 years 5 months ago

Wells isn’t moving until Wells says so or until it’s worth pissing him off to move him. (i.e. until Marisnick, Gose arrive). You need to keep Wells in a premium position – ANYTHING to make that contract look better. Davis’ UZR in CF last year somehow was worse than Wells. (Yes, I know he was vastly superior in 2008, 2009).

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Motor_City_Bombshell
4 years 5 months ago

Isn’t this a little much..? I don’t understand this one, AA…

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Sniderlover
4 years 5 months ago

I wouldn’t say it’s too much. Davis had a down year last year but before that, he had a .360 OBP. He can steal and play defense so it’s decent money. I’m not quite understanding the 2 years part unless they think there is more to Davis and being out of that pitchers park may help Davis, in terms of homeruns.

It’s not that much money or that many years so I am fine with it and I like what Davis brings. I just hope AA doesn’t see him as our full-time starter.

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Motor_City_Bombshell
4 years 5 months ago

I understand that, thanks for giving some of that info because I’m not entirely knowledgable on Davis although I’ve seen him play a few times. And I do feel like in a perfect world Davis wouldn’t be an everyday player, but I feel kind of like AA is giving him everyday money. I don’t think it would be the end of the world if he was either though. Fred Lewis got paid $900K and I feel like Davis isn’t $1.6MM better than Lewis, the price is a little high.

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4 years 5 months ago

Davis will play RF as Bautista will be moved 3rd this year.

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Adil
4 years 5 months ago

no, davis is likely to play lf or cf. replaces fred lewis

but the salary is a little surprising, didnt fred lewis get less than a 1mil, he isnt that much better

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Sniderlover
4 years 5 months ago

Snider will play LF and Wells will play CF. Sorry but Wells is not moving to RF for Davis as Davis isn’t really better. If it’s someone like Bourjos (using it as an example) who is looking like a stud defensively, then veterans will move over for him like Tori did.

He is beter than Lewis. He steals more and is better defensively. Had .360 OBP in 2009 as well. If he keeps that OBP around .340-.350, then he is much better than Lewis.

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renegade24
4 years 5 months ago

Travis Snider is in LF. And Fred Lewis is terrible.

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Eddie_Sprague
4 years 5 months ago

unless they sign chavez, then Davis will rotate playing time in the OF.

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4 years 5 months ago

He’s got a decent batting avg, great speed, and granted he could use a OBP boost, but it’s not as bad as people are making it out to be. As a Braves fan, I wouldn’t mind having him at that price.

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BooJays33
4 years 5 months ago

what don’t you understand..going into 2011 he’s our everyday LF and leadoff hitter. give him security. if the avg. ballplayer is making 3.2 then this guy is worth 2.5

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Lunchbox45
4 years 5 months ago

he doesn’t get on base enough to be an everyday lead off batter

I love the speed, I mean if this guy could get on base at a /360-.380 rate consistently you would see rickey henderson type SB numbers…but he doesn’t.. I don’t mind the salary, its the 2nd year that i find odd.